2 Chronicles 18

Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance; and he joined affinity with Ahab. 2After certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people who were with him, and moved him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead. 3Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead? He answered him, I am as you are, and my people as your people; and we will be with you in the war. 4Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Please inquire first for the word of Allah. 5Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, Shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? They said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the hand of the king. 6But Jehoshaphat said, Isn’t there here a prophet of Allah besides, that we may inquire of him? 7The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Allah: but I hate him; for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah Ibn Imla. Jehoshaphat said, Do not let the king say so. 8Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Get quickly Micaiah Ibn Imla. 9Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, and they were sitting in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 10Zedekiah Ibn Chenaanah made himself horns of iron, and said, Thus says Allah, With these shall you push the Syrians, until they are consumed. 11All the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper; for Allah will deliver it into the hand of the king. 12The messenger who went to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one voice: let your word therefore, Please be like one of theirs, and speak good. 13Micaiah said, As Allah lives, what my God says, that will I speak. 14When he was come to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? He said, Go up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand. 15The king said to him, How many times shall I adjure you that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of Allah? 16Then Micaiah said, I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and Allah said, These have no master; let them return every man to his house in peace. 17The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Didn’t I tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil? 18Micaiah said, Therefore hear the word of Allah: I saw Allah sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. 19Allah said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? One spoke saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. 20There came forth a spirit, and stood before Allah, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ Allah said to him, ‘How?’ 21He said, ‘I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ He said, ‘You shall entice him, and shall prevail also: go forth, and do so.’ 22Now therefore, behold, Allahhas put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; and Allah has spoken evil concerning you. 23Then Zedekiah Ibn Chenaanah came near, and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way did the Spirit of Allah go from me to speak to you? 24Micaiah said, Behold, you shall see on that day, when you shall go into an inner chamber to hide yourself. 25The king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; 26and say, Thus says the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with just bread and water, until I return in peace. 27Micaiah said, If you return at all in peace, Allah has not spoken by me. He said, Hear, you peoples, all of you. 28So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 29The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and go into the battle; but put you on your robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went into the battle. 30Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel. 31It happened, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they turned about to fight against him: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and Allah helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. 32When the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. 33A certain man drew his bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the sections of his armour. Therefore he said to the driver of the chariot, Turn your hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am severely wounded. 34The battle increased that day: however the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the evening; and about the time of the going down of the sun he died.


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